Join us for a night of celebration as we induct the inaugural class into the Early Education Hall of Heroes. We’ll honor 18 professionals who represent Westchester’s most dedicated and talented child care and after school professionals, and recognize the incredible contributions of the entire industry. Bring your friends for a fun evening of dinner, live entertainment, giveaways, networking and more.

Friday, June 21st, 2019
7:00 to 10:00 pm
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry NY
Click here to register!

Our Heroes:
Angela H. Bayer-Persico, Little Angels Child Development
Lisa Capolongo, The Learn and Grow Playroom
Dawn Capolongo, The Learn and Grow Playroom
Cecelia Crockett, Crockett's Day Care
Colleen Theresa Esposito, Lincoln Family Institute Inc.
Frances Franco-Montero, Office of Children and Family Services
Mariama Kora, First Stage Day Care
K.T. Korngold, Montessori Children's Center
Theresa McCaffrey, Little Leaf Nursery
Harriet Mendl, The Children's Center at Purchase College
Miriam J. Morgado, Amor & Paz Family Group Child Care, Inc.
Jean Nelson, Bronxville Montessori School
Polly Peace, Country Childrens Center
Hope Pierce, Lil Explorers Day Care
Rosa Pineda, Oak Lane Child Care Center
Barbara Cuello Powell, Effective Childcare Services Inc.
Margaret Rowan, Memorial Methodist Early Childhood Center
Harvey Zuckerman, Amani Public Charter School- MVSTRONG

The Business Council of Westchester’s Education Foundation recently hosted Where Business and Child Care Meet, a forum for experts from the Child Care Council’s Board, Advisory Board and staff to have a conversation with business leaders about the need for – and benefits of – increasing access to sustainable child care for working parents. We were especially excited and honored to have Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in attendance to speak about the importance of child care.. Our thanks to Dr. Marsha Gordon, John Ravitz and Maria Bronzi of the Business Council of Westchester. We look forward to many more productive meetings and conversations.

pptClick here to view the PowerPoint presentation from this discussion

Speakers and topics:

Child Care as an Economic and Workforce Development Opportunity
Kathy Halas, Executive Director of the Child Care Council of Westchester

What's at Stake
Jeff Samuelson, retired IBM executive and CCCW Board Member

Current Challenges
Nicole Masucci, CCCW Director of Family & Employer Services

Services and Results
Salli Figler, Certified Human Resources Professional

Solutions in Action
Polly Peace, Executive Director of the Country Childrens Center

Cathryn A. Riley, or Cate, made a lasting impact on the Child Care Council of Westchester and the field of early care and education.   She was a program coordinator at the Council.  She was also involved with the New York State Child Care Coordinating Council, now known as the Early Care and Learning Council.   Cate served on the New York State Department of Education Committee for Teacher Certification, the Board of the Westchester Association for the Education for Young Children and the Advisory Board of Westchester Community College.    Following Cate’s death, the Council established a special fund to honor her and her many contributions.

In 2016, the Council launched the Cathryn A. Riley Innovation for Quality Prize to recognize important new improvements in early care and education quality.  Several awards were made to child care resource and referral agencies across the state as well as the Early Care and Learning Council.   The Council is interested in existing or new projects that meet one or more of the following criterion:

  • Involves collaboration with other parties
  • Strengthens business practices
  • Involves working with employers
  • Strengthens professional development

Eligible organizations include OCFS - regulated child care and after school programs, nursery schools that are also licensed by OCFS and child care resource and referral agencies.   Each prize will be funded up to $1,500 depending on the project budget request and availability of funds.

The application deadline is close of business on Friday, April 26, 2019. The awards will be decided by a committe of the Council.

pdfCathryn A. Riley Innovation for Quality Prize Application

For more information, please contact Kathy Halas, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    

Juanita Pope HeadshotJuanita Pope, the Child Care Council's Office Manager and Special Events Manager, was chosen to be among a select group of professionals in the nonprofit sector who make up the inaugural class of Nonprofit Westchester's new Emerging Leaders Program. She and 20 other rising stars will meet at a different nonprofit each month of the year to focus on a relevant professional development topic, learn about the host organization, and network. The program, designed to help foster talent among the next generation of nonprofit leaders, launched last week and held its first session at Westhab, Inc.

Juanita shared that she is very excited to participate. "I look forward to getting to know my colleagues and learning more about the many aspects of running a successful organization and what it takes to make a true impact for the populations we serve."

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